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Full text of "Poland Russia and Great Britain 1941-1945"

" The bodies of the insurgents who have died of starvation," read the
German communiquej " are lying everywhere in the cellars,
"At the point where the area held by the insurgents touched upon the
western bank of the Vistula, the insurgents had repeatedly tried to cross
the river to make contact with the Soviet troops on the opposite bank. Ail
the attempts were, however, nipped in the bud by the devastating German
fire.55
The Moscow radio deemed it necessary to issue a commentary in order
to justify its attitude.
** The collapse of the patriots* army was inevitable . , . The Red Army
came to a halt, and the patriots were isolated in a flaming city ..."
The * mud-slinging * and accusations thrown against the leaders of the
Warsaw insurrection when the " dead hare not been buried in the streets
of the city 55 was left to the * Lublin Committee/ whose agents, after
reporting the incredible information that " some detachments in Warsaw^
repudiating Bor's decision, broke out and crossed the Vistula (which the
powerfully-equipped Red Army had been unable to cross in sixty-three
days) added :
" The insurgent leaders of the Sanacia (Pilsudskyites) camp, are liquid-
ating the uprising in the same way as they started it, and without considering
the fate of the heroic insurgents. They prefer to deliver the heroes of
Warsaw into German hands rather than let them join forces with the Red
Army."
The Germans gave a guarantee that the soldiers of the Home Army
would be treated as prisoners-of-war according to the rules of the Geneva
Convention and that none would be persecuted for his previous military
or political activities, or for any infringement of the German roles and
regulations, and that this would also apply to the civilian population, who
would, however, have to leave Warsaw. Those who had taken part in
the battle would be treated as soldiers, irrespective of sex, and the others,
the civilians able to work, would be sent to various labour assignments.
This guarantee was not kept . . . The final appeals from Warsaw were
sent to the International Red Cross asking for help for the homeless
exiles of the city.
" It is true to say that the Germans win never be able to conquer Warsaw,**
broadcast Blyskawica station on the last day it was heard on the ether
** for Warsaw no longer exists. There only remains the piles of rubble and
the Poles, who fight to-day but who will rebuild their city when the war is
over."
One report published in Berlin on the last phase of the Warsaw struggle,
quoted by The Times on October 9, said, " after the decision to capitulate,
the survivors of the First Polish Regiment marched four abreast, in com-
panies, from the ruins. There were 375 officers and 1,250 N.C.O.s and
men, and then 221 women, who had served as Red Cross nurses and liaison
messengers. The description adds that they marched firmly and proudly
in close formation.
" But every face," the report went on, " betrayed terrible disappointment
at the treachery of Moscow, London and Washington. The tragedy of this
people, who certainly do not lack courage, is that they are broken by their
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